Fed official in Seattle wants marijuana to remain illegalWritten by Paul Dzirvinskis on March 14th, 2013
Holder said last Wednesday that his decision and remarks on how the Department of Justice will respond to legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado would come “relatively soon.”
There’s been no word from Holder or his office yet, but federal drug officials have been speaking out more frequently (and negatively) about the new pot laws.
The director of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program in Seattle – an arm of the Office of National Drug Control Policy that’s headed by “Drug Czar” and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske – says legal marijuana is a mistake and medical marijuana laws are a “sham” and should be repealed.
“I think, from my perspective, that marijuana is a controlled substance, Schedule I, and it’s there (on that list) for a reason and until the science tells us otherwise that’s where it should remain,” said NW HIDTA Director Dave Rodriguez.
“I think medical marijuana is a sham. It has no basis in science,” he said, adding that there are alternatives to smoking marijuana that meet FDA rules for what can be considered medication. He also said medical marijuana rules cause too much confusion for officers in the field trying to enforce drug laws.
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